Culture


Fengyang’s traditional Pheonix paintings: Learning from a Master



Fengyang’s traditional Pheonix paintings: Learning from a Master

This June I had the chance to meet one of Fengyang’s best traditional Chinese phoenix painting masters. He showed me his work, and explained the most important aspects of phoenix paintings to me. I even got to try on my …

Kungfu Tea



Kungfu Tea

Kungfu Tea, I here you asking? Yes, there really does exist something called Kungfu tea.

It is a kind of tea ceremony, and actually we have been practicing it for a while with our kungfu students.

But what I wanted …

GUEST POST: Gift Traditions & Superstitions in China



GUEST POST: Gift Traditions & Superstitions in China

Giving gifts can be a great way to show your appreciation. However, in some culture one gift might be considered as a lucky symbol while in other countries this gift might be seen as offensive. China takes a special place

How we became Huangshan Tea Farmers for one day



How we became Huangshan Tea Farmers for one day

Last week we went to Huangshan to film a small documentary. I have already written about my hilarious endeavor to find Huangshan’s most popular tea, sweets and something called Xiekehuang. If you haven’t read it yet, and want to find …

Tea, sweets and a crab? – Discovering Huangshan’s Tea Culture



Tea, sweets and a crab? – Discovering Huangshan’s Tea Culture

Tea is a major part of Chinese culture. In order to fully grasp its importance I made my way down to Anhui’s Huangshan City. You might have heard of the famous Yellow Mountains in China, Huangshan 黄山. The main city …

Social Pressures in China: Why Everyone in Niuji Village Thinks We Are a Failure



Social Pressures in China: Why Everyone in Niuji Village Thinks We Are a Failure

Social pressures in China can be difficult to cope with, no matter if you are a Chinese national or a Western spouse of such.

No matter where you live, every country promotes its own social standards: What you have to …

Bottoms up! – Chinese drinking etiquette



Bottoms up! – Chinese drinking etiquette

For thousands of years wine has been used in rituals to worship gods and pay respects to ancestors in China. Today, this custom has weakened, but Chinese drinking culture is very much alive, being a sign of respect, fellowship and …


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